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Mitch Joel is President of Twist Image, an award-winning Digital Marketing agency with offices in Montreal and Toronto. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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A digital marketing maven who parlayed a podcast into a thriving career, Joel extends the notion of human interconnectedness by six degrees to the virtual world. With abundant Internet social networking sites and mobile texting, we are all intrinsically connected, he argues in this accessible primer to capitalizing on connections to increase brand awareness. New breeds of entrepreneurs are being created daily, he asserts, using free publishing tools available on the Internet to create brands and develop audiences on a scale that rivals the biggest firms in the world. Joel cites such success stories as Gary Vaynerchuk of Wine Library, who transformed his parents' New Jersey liquor store from a $4 million business to a $45 million one in five years by connecting to Facebook and Twitter and creating a video podcast to lure customers. More than a mere collection of inspirational case studies, the book offers practical advice, from choosing a catchy blog name to tips on Web presentation. Joel has created an eminently readable guide to harnessing the various tools available across the virtual landscape. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Business Plus; Reprint edition
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005MWKCEK
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,984,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Noname TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 10, 2009
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This is a book for someone who is unfamiliar with the internet. There are terrific tips scattered throughout, some of which I could really use. My problem with it is that a huge chunk of space is devoted to convincing the reader how important the internet is, how useful it can be in creating a successful business model in this new and exciting digital world. I already know I want to create a presence. I think anyone who picks up this book already knows s/he wants to create a presence. The question is how, but this is not a how-to book.

Mitch Joel throws out a bunch of examples of things we can consider doing for our business: pod casts, widgets, blogs, etc. There's not much information about how to get started doing a pod cast, just that we should consider doing it and why it could help. There seems to be an assumption that the audience would be familiar with the technology enough to know how to get started, but such a reader would not need this book.
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If you only read one chapter, read chapter 7
1. You are media
2. Now more than ever, our personal brand is something all of us need to pay a lot more attention to. In this digital age, your personal brand will be your most powerful ally or enemy.
3. It includes a simple "personal brand audit for the online world" including the concept of a 3D brand - give abundantly, help others and build relationships
4. The general rule of thumb is "one-quarter". For every four updates or posts you create in your online social circles (outside of your dedicated blog), you can let people know about something self-promotional once.
5. Traffic does not equal community, focus on building community
6. Attention does not equal trust
7. If you build trust and community by providing value to others, good things (like more business) do happen

Mitch Joel through Six Pixels of Separation has created a practical book for large and small businesses, more importantly he has created a practical book for individuals who work inside large and small businesses and how they can help themselves in establishing an online brand whilst helping their employer
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Mitch Joel, a digital marketing expert, has written an outstanding book that addresses the many aspects of "new marketing" in our world today.

To make his point of how important it is to "be connected," Joel points out that if Facebook were a country, it would have the sixth largest population in the world. We are living in a world where "we are all connected."

Joel points out that entrepreneurs who understand the value and promise of online channels, can bring their message and their personal brands to a worldwide audience at a very reasonable price. This new economy is driven by time invested, rather than money.

Joel also addresses the power of Google, and social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and LinkedIn. He gives advice on blogging, writing articles for websites, creating amazing reviews, as well as using images, audio, podcasting, video, (such as YouTube) and much more.

The author uses real-life stories to inform the reader of the many ways people have found to be successful in business. By developing fresh ideas, and building up their client base using the technology available today, many of these people have far exceeded their initial goals.

This is a book that will get your creative juices flowing, and inspire you to jump on the Internet bandwagon, as well as get you excited to try the technological tools available to spread your message to an audience that may be eagerly waiting for it.

Even if you've never thought of starting your own business, this book might inspire you to take the leap. And for those who already have an established business, you're bound to learn of new ways to promote yourself. The opportunities available today are boundless. Joel knows his stuff. Read him and learn. Very highly recommended!
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This book is about how to promote your business and yourself online. And that's what this book does: it promotes the author's personal brand and his company as experts in the field of online marketing. So in that sense it honestly does what the book says you should do. However, I didn't learn anything new. Most of the book is dedicated to convincing the reader that online marketing is important. I already knew that; it's why I bought the book. I was hoping to learn more about it in depth and was disappointed. If you've never heard the terms "Google", "blog", "podcast", "conversations", "community", "mobile", "links" or "viral" than this book is for you.
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For those looking for a practical how-to book on Internet this is definitely not the book to get. In that case consider it a one star-rer.

So why do I rate it as 4 stars? I am very familiar with technology. Technically speaking I don't find the Internet challenging, but that does not mean that I always know what to do with this knowledge. So I am constantly looking for information to give me ideas on how to "link" all these technologies together - not technically, but business -wise. From Six Pixels of Separation I got this... and more.

The book opened my eyes for concepts which now seem so simple, yet I never really explicitly thought about it that way before...

Firstly, the concept of six degrees of separation was known to me and I though this is just another play on words. However, turns out that the concept of sic PIXELS of separation is rather radical - nobody is more than a click away - your friends friend is connected directly to you; your customers acquaintance can be your customer - not two degrees away - here!, now!, directly! It may sound simple but the concept actually requires a bit of a mind shift.

Secondly, the concept of personal branding (apparently originally introduced by Tom Peters) - you are the brand! - will make your outlook on life in cyberspace rather different. Asking yourself what value do you provide and how you get that value out there is critical for personal development in cyberspace... and beyond... real life that is.

My only criticism (and therefore only 4 stars) is that the book lacks some structure and it will probably take a re-read with pen and paper to get all the detailed lessons and examples out of the pages. This does not necessarily make it a difficult read though - its an easy conversational read.
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